Today Advent takes a more persistent, pleading posture as the church begins calling for salvation using the ancient names for the Holy One.
These names are known as the O Antiphons, and true to form they are sung by all creation in chorus.
We begin, crying, “O Sapientia!” or “O Wisdom!”
It’s worth noting that Wisdom, especially in the Hebrew scriptures, is personified as female, flowing out as a part of the Divine mind.
“O come, O Wisdom from on high,
and order all things far and nigh.
To us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel,
Shall come to you, O Israel.”